We mentioned the actress Hayden Panettiere, from the TV show “Heroes” here last November when she was involved in an effort to stop the Japanese from culling dolphins.
As you read and saw the other week two activists from the Greenpeace boat boarded a Japanese whaler and were tied to the mast (they were both since released).
Ms Panettiere took part in a demonstration in Washington DC at the weekend as reported by Contactmusic:
HEROES star HAYDEN PANETTIERE was the star of honour at an animal rights demonstration in Washington, D.C. – and used the opportunity to call for an end to whale hunting. The 18-year-old actress made a passionate speech at the anti-whaling rally and urged Japan to outlaw the killing of the creatures for meat. According to People.com, she told the group of protestors, “Not only are these animals being cruelly slaughtered, the meat is contaminated by huge levels of mercury. “And we’re not taking a stand because Japan is one of our biggest allies in the war on terror, but Australia is an ally and they’ve told Japan what they think, and good on them!” Panettiere, who last year (07) clashed with Japanese fishermen in a bid to save hundreds of dolphins from slaughter, is a spokesperson for the Save the Whales Again! Campaign and has set up her own auction website to help raise money for the cause.
She also appeared on CNN to talk about the dolphin protest (the Japanese government issued a warrant for her arrest afterwards), also talks about the whaling and her participation in getting the American youth to register to vote: